Covid Madness on Our Road Trip


We just returned from a two-week road trip, which took us through the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.  In none of those states did we encounter a mask mandate.  In every state we stopped in, we found some people wearing masks in public (higher percentage in WA than any other state); and few people wearing masks indoors at the Hillsdale College function in Colorado (they were mostly elderly).

But I did come across a piece of genuine Covid madness at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, and it felt like a sucker-punch.  I came across a defaced photograph from the 19th Century.  And Defaced is the proper word for this photograph of a woman who died over 100 years ago.  I never would have seen it, if I had not been waiting in the lobby of the visitor center for Ray to get back.  They had a slide-show on an overhead monitor, and I really couldn’t believe my eyes when this one came up in the rotation.

I don’t even have to ask who approved this defacement of an old photograph, since this is a federal site (National Park Service).  What possible purpose could there be for defacing this photograph of an early homesteader in Colorado?  No response is sufficient for this pure madness.

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  1. Chuck Thatcher

    JacobHyatt (View Comment):

    Mask Mania is slowly falling apart. Disgraceful how long it has dragged on. I work in a pharmacy so some of our older patients are still wearing two masks even when at home alone with an oxygen tank as their only companion, keeping family and friends at bay for safety of course.

    So sad.  Ignorance and fear can be terrible monsters.

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  2. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash

    She (View Comment):
    A few years ago, before the knitting world went officially woke and fell into the abyss, I had a go-round or two with a little outfit that produces knitting patterns for–among other things–what they used to call “mukluks.”

    Not goulashes but mukluks.

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